Blaise Pascal, PenseĆ© 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Ben Stein Raise Taxes Page

I agree with Ben, as of now, though I plan to give the Arthur Laffer supply-siders a close look on another blog. In the final video on this entry, Stein says raise taxes on everyone. "Let everyone get some skin in the game." Yes. No candidate is running on that platform though, and as Stein says, "neither party is even close to reality."

The first time I remember hearing about the Laffer Curve was in Ferris Buehler's Day Off. Here we have a scene in which future voters learn about about economic issues:

(Introducing the Laffer Curve "Something DOO Economics" to Future Voters)

Ben Stein, mainly conservative, doesn't see that taxing the rich (starting at incomes of $1 million) more will slow the economy or result in a higher unemployment rate. Couldn't embed the video, but see it at this link. It's funny:

Ben Stein and Wayne Rogers Debate O'Reilly on Taxing the Rich

More from Ben Stein on taxing the rich:

(Ben Stein: The Super Rich Not Paying Enough; No Date Correlating Lower Tax Rates for Rich with Higher Economic Growth; The Whole Basis for Supply Side Lacks Data)

(6/26/11; If we don't raise taxes, we'll face a credit down-grade; Ben was right on that one.)

(Taxing the Super-Rich is Fair and We Need to Do It, But We Should Raise Taxes on Everyone)

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